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Tom Dyckhoff

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Tom Dyckhoff is a broadcaster and writer about architecture, cities and places.

Tom presents the hit BBC2 series, The Great Interior Design Challenge, which is now in its fourth series. The fourth series has moved to the new primetime slot of 8pm on BBC Two.

Tom also presents the successful Radio 4 series, The Design Dimension which looks at the world we inhabit through the lens of design.

He was previously architecture critic for BBC television’s arts programme, The Culture Show, for whom he has interviewed architects from Oscar Niemeyer to Frank Gehry, and fronted special episodes on subjects including the Stirling Prize for architecture, Chinese culture, Lego, the new Birmingham library, Tents and British architecture during the recession.

Tom has written and presented many documentaries on British television and radio, including Channel 4’s series The Secret Life of Buildings, in which he looked at the effects of architecture and spaces on our brains and bodies; for BBC2’s series Saving Britain’s Past, Tom examined the country’s obsession with heritage; in I Love Carbuncles, for Channel 4, he revealed his passion for concrete Brutalism.

Tom has presented Radio 4 documentaries: Room With a View on the history of windows, Animal Architecture on the architecture of zoos and one on Buckminster Fuller.

Tom has written a weekly column for The Guardian newspaper’s Weekend magazine for more than a decade, and, from 2003 to 2011, was architecture critic for The Times newspaper, London. He is also the architecture critic for the New Statesman. Click here to see some of his articles.

Tom was educated at Oxford University and University College London, and began his career at Perspectives, the Prince of Wales’s architectural magazine, before becoming exhibitions curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects, and then deputy editor of Space, the Guardian newspaper’s design and homes section.

He has written widely for international publications such as GQ, Arena, Wallpaper, Domus, Icon and Blueprint, has taught at University College London, and as a visiting critic at other universities, and regularly lectures and hosts or chairs events, including The Stirling Prize in 2009 and 2010.

He is currently writing his first book - on architecture and cities since the 1970s due for publication in 2017.

Tom is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a trustee of the Architecture Foundation, and has been on the national shortlisting jury for the Stirling Prize for architecture since 2008.

He lives in London, with his family.

His website is - www.tomdyckhoff.co.uk

He tweets as @tomdyckhoff

Contact Agent: info@knightayton.co.uk

Tom Dyckhoff is an enthusiast, writer and broadcaster about architecture, cities and places.

He is architecture critic for BBC television’s weekly arts programme, The Culture Show, for whom he has interviewed architects from Oscar Niemeyer to Frank Gehry, and fronted special episodes on subjects including the Stirling Prize for architecture, Chinese culture and British architecture during the recession. Tom has written and presented many documentaries on British television and radio, including Channel 4’s series The Secret Life of Buildings, in which he looked at the effects of architecture and spaces on our brains and bodies; for BBC2’s series Saving Britain’s Past, Tom examined the country’s obsession with heritage; in I Love Carbuncles, for Channel 4, he revealed his passion for concrete Brutalism.

Tom regularly speaks, hosts and facilitates at events and takes part in promotional campaigns.

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Recent testimonials include:

Host, Wood Awards
Everyone has commented on how great Tom was last night, really injected some energy into the ceremony so please pass on our thanks!

Radio day, DIY campaign
Tom was a great spokesperson for our PR campaign that looked at the evolution of home improvement projects and DIY. His insight and expertise in this area really helped to bring to life our key messages.

Host, Homes & Gardens Magazine Awards
He was absolutely fantastic and we'd be interested in booking him again next year!

Host and Speaker - World Interiors Awards
It was an absolutely brilliant evening! Feeling very tired now but it was completely worth it and so lovely to see that all the guests had a great time. Also I genuinely cannot thank Tom enough, he was so accomodating, super easy to work with, made the crowd laugh lots and did such a brilliant job. It was an absolute pleasure to have him.

Host, Judge and Mentor - Heineken Lounge, London Design Festival
The client was really happy with Tom. We found him to be very personable and approachable, which is perfect/key to being a mentor for an emerging designer. His sound bites to camera were also good too.

Host and Judge – Balvenie Masters of Craft Awards

Could you please send our sincerest thanks to Tom for making the evening such a great success! He has been an absolute pleasure to work with from beginning to end. We couldn't have asked for a better host for the evening – he was charming, humorous and rounded it with good bites of intellectual comment – just as we knew he would. We really appreciate the time he took out to research the finalists in such detail and to write a very appropriate introductory speech.  We do appreciate all his hard work - the evening wouldn't have been possible without him. We look forward to working with him again in the future. 

Speaker – Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Tom’s session was super, and an excellent end to the conference. We use the session to discuss new ideas and options for housing in Scotland and this did just that.

Chair and Speaker – Clerkenwell Design Week

The talk with Tom during Clerkenwell Design week was a huge success for us. We have over 200 in attendance and the dynamics of the overall panel worked brilliantly, as of course did Tom as an excellent chair.

Host and Speaker, launch day of new product

Tom was absolutely excellent. We were really happy with him, he was a pleasure to work with and just great. We would happily work with him again.

Speaker in Panel Discussion, Grand Designs Live

We were delighted Tom could attend Grand Designs Live at the Birmingham NEC this October. His contribution to our debate was eloquent, detailed and invaluable in illustrating the opportunities self-builders have ahead, and how they can be a key part of the solution to the housing shortage in the UK.

Contact Agent: info@knightayton.co.uk


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